The Super Eagles of Nigeria showed an impressive performance in their 2023 Africa Cup qualifying fixture against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Monrovia on Sunday night. Completesports.com’s Adeboye Amosu rated the players’ performances in the match.
Kenneth Omeruo, the experienced defender, had a solid display in the game despite being at fault for Sierra Leone’s first goal. Semi Ajayi, the lanky centre-back, repaid the coach’s faith with a good performance and was preferred ahead of William Troost-Ekong. Zaidu Sanusi, the Porto left-back, produced a superb run to set up Kelechi Iheanacho for the Super Eagles’ third goal of the game.
Wilfred Ndidi had an above-average performance, while Alex Iwobi started the game brightly but fizzled out after the break. Samuel Chukwueze had a below-par showing and missed a glorious chance in the first half. Moses Simon threatened the opposition defence early in the first half and was denied a goal by the goalkeeper.
Victor Osimhen, the forward, was awarded a 9/10 rating for his superb display and scoring twice to increase his tally in the qualifiers to seven goals. However, the Nottingham Forest striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, had a poor performance and came close late on after replacing Victor Osimhen.
In conclusion, the Super Eagles put up an impressive performance, and the players showed their skills and determination to win the game. The coach’s decision to start some players ahead of others paid off, and the substitutes also made a positive impact on the game. The Super Eagles will hope to maintain the same level of performance in their next game.